Rebecca Whitmore, Counselor at McLean School, smiles for camera while kayaking

CounselorRebecca Whitmore


My Story

I have many years of experience supporting students, teachers, and families in a variety of different roles. My priority is to understand and teach the power of self-acceptance, the necessity of positive self-regard, and skills for moving with resiliency through challenges. I began my career with an undergraduate degree in progressive elementary education from the University of Vermont. I completed a master’s degree in special education at George Washington University, and worked as a special education teacher in Montgomery County Public schools for 10 years, supporting students with learning and emotional challenges. I worked as a remedial tutor of reading at the Lab School and taught grades 2 and 3 for 13 years at an independent school. Finally, I returned to complete a master’s degree in clinical social work at Catholic University. For the last 13 years, I have been supporting students, families, and teachers as a school-based Clinical Social Worker in a DC public elementary school. I am a dedicated student of mindfulness, human relationship, and the science of cultivating well-being across a lifespan. 

I love spending time outside in nature hiking, biking, paddling, and exploring. I also enjoy landscape painting, gardening, and cooking. I cherish being with family, friends, meeting new friends, and engaging with others to make every day meaningful. I am new grandmother!